The City of Longview is encouraging the community to assist with Longview’s Homeless Resource Day, which is a collaborative effort of the City of Longview and various nonprofit organizations to provide homeless individuals access to available services. The community can get involved by making donations of items or by providing direct services. The Homeless Resource Day will take place from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2019, in the Longview Exhibit Building, 1123 Jaycee Dr. Current Needs
In 2017, Longview Mayor Andy Mack’s Task Force on Homelessness identified the critical need to have a “One Stop Shop” opportunity for Longview’s Homeless population to access actual services. On March 24, 2018 the first event took place with 44 different service providers and an estimated 350 attendees attending to access those services.
According to Director of Community Services Laura Hill, “Last year, we had such a great response from the community and the homeless individuals. This year, we’ll be in a bigger location and we hope to accommodate even more community partners and direct services. Also, this year we’ve schedule the Homeless Resource Day to take place the day after the annual, federally required, Point-in-Time Count to count our areas homeless population.”
According to City of Longview Police Chief Mike Bishop, “Providing and making needed services available to Longview’s homeless population is the first step in helping our homeless to a pathway of breaking the cycle of homelessness in our City.”
Mayor Mack said, “I was very impressed last year by the generosity of the donors and volunteers for the first Homeless Resource Day. We have so many great organizations and individuals in Longview helping the homeless, and this effort is an opportunity for everyone to come together to create both immediate and lasting impacts.”
A list of suggested donation items for Homeless Outreach Bags can be found on the city’s website at LongviewTexas.gov/Homeless. Donations can be dropped at the Longview Public Library, 222 W. Cotton during regular operating hours.
Organizations interested in assisting as potential service providers during the event should contact Laura Hill at 903-237-1392 or visit LongviewTexas.gov/Homeless to sign up as a provider booth. According to area nonprofits, the suggested needed services include dental, ophthalmologic, haircuts, legal, workforce opportunities, veterinary, vaccines, health screenings, and veteran’s services.